This document is designed to address questions related to exposure to radio frequency (RF) signals from small cells and 5G technology, including the use of millimetre-wave (mmWave), massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), and beamforming technologies.Learn more
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One of our earliest documents, recently updated, is designed to address questions related to exposure to radio frequency (RF) signals from small cells and 5G technology, including the use of millimetre-wave, massive MIMO, and beamforming technologies. Recent years have seen a number of so-called ‘information’ websites appearing, sounding warnings over the health implications of 5G deployment.
SCF takes these concerns seriously and welcomes ongoing research. Small cells transmit very low levels of radio waves. The safety of radio waves has been extensively studied for more than 60 years and the research is subject to constant and continual review by government health agencies and independent standards-setting bodies around the world. International health authorities have found no convincing scientific evidence that radio frequency signals from wireless communications pose any adverse health effects.
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